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Rabbit Tracks 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Rich Thompson
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Submitted By: Vincent Greene on Dec 8, 2003

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BETA PHOTO: Base of the climb.


All the way down the hill at Turret rock to a crack on the left edge of the quite narrow west face. Follow the crack to the chains.


Standard rack - the cracks will eat up all the gear you can feed it.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up from the base of the climb.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up from the base of the climb.
Rock Climbing Photo: The route follows the crack system on the left edg...
BETA PHOTO: The route follows the crack system on the left edg...

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By Vincent Greene
Dec 28, 2003
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Sqeezing the Lemmon II mentions this is many beginners first gear lead. There are others that would be better - Hoosgal 5.5 or Probation 5.6 at Prison camp are probably better choices. This is a fun climb, but weird stances make placing the gear much more tiring on this climb. See an area comment by almonzo for some other suggestions. I felt this is closer to a 5.7.
By Almonzo Wilder
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Feb 4, 2004
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Yep, Rabbit Tracks is high on my list of sandbagged Lemmon climbs on which an early leader could run into serious trouble. I've led this a few times and followed it a few times, and am consistently surprised by its 5.6 rating. On lead, it feels like 5.7+, but as Vincent points out, part of this is due to the awkward stances necessary while placing pro. In any event, its a stretch to call this a three-star route.
By Timothy Roehr
From: Tucson,Az
May 22, 2006

I actually thought the pro was very good and the stances were good. Up top the cracks disappear, but I was still able to find good nut placements.
By kBobby Hanson
From: Spokane, WA
May 22, 2006

...I thought so too...
By Mike Dudley
From: Vegas
May 1, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

We climbed this today and I have got to say awesome route for any level of climber, good and fun.

The gear is amazing you can zipper this one all the way to the top. I would absolutely recommend this to any climber who feels comfy on 5.7.
By John Hayes
From: Bend, OR
Dec 19, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Rabbit tracks was the first climb I ever followed and my first lead. As my first climb, it scared the bjesus out of me. Back in the old days (like the 70's) this climb was considered a "standard" Tucson 5.6 and was a first lead for a lot of folks back then. It takes bomber gear every few feet so it is totally safe for a newbie trad leader. It is certainly possible to make a few 5.7 moves on Rabbit Tracks; but, if you work at, you can actually find a 5.6 path to the top. Take a full rack and you will be happy. (This climb sucks up hexentrics for those who still remember those things.) The short, bolted, two move pitch above the ledge is about 5.9 and can be avoided with a rappel. (BTW, Slippery When Wet is another good 5.6 trad climb for the newbie leader)
By NickMartel
From: Tucson, Arizona
Oct 23, 2011

I think Safe Cracker at Jailhouse is an awesome 1st trad lead.
By Nick Henscheid
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 25, 2016
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

I sure haven't tried them all, but I can't currently think of a better single pitch of 5.6 on Mount Lemmon. Yes, it's 5.6, if you can hand jam and smear a bit. The views are spectacular, the climbing is thoughtful, and the gear is really good - you could unload an entire double rack (0.2-3) on this thing if you wanted. Is it a good first gear lead for today's modern gym climber with a brand new single rack of C4s? No, probably not - some of the stances are thin, it really helps to know how to place passive gear, and hand jam, and move confidently through cruxes. But then again, there isn't a whole lot of easier gear climbing on the mountain (maybe a handful), so IMHO I would say this would be a perfect first "Real Bonafide" Mt. Lemmon trad lead.

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